UPDATED: Both episodes were low-rated. (The premiere ranked as NBC’s lowest-rated in-season comedy series premiere ever with a 1.1/3 in adults 18-49, and the show tumbled 18% to a 0.9/3 last night.) Even ads for The Paul Reiser Show were annoying, even though I like him. I understand that NBC’s new brass was “reluctant” but felt the network “had to replace” Reiser with The Office repeats. An insider just told me: “We were hopeful about Paul’s show, but we had to make the decision to protect The Office since we have very important episodes in the coming weeks with Steve Carell’s exit and Will Ferrell’s guest shots.” Also worth noting is that NBC’s new admin is “still trying to deal with several other shows carried over from the previous regime” besides ReiserFriends With Benefits and Love Bites. This statement to me from inside NBC sums it up: “Bob Greenblatt inherited nothing but shit.”

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